May 1942: Private Buckaroo

This is from that collection of cheap b movies and features the Andrews Sisters.

This also has the fabulous Mary Wickes. She can liven up a movie just by being in the general vicinity of it, and when she’s on the screen, she’s just everything. And Shemp Howard is a perfect foil for her.

This is barely a movie, though. It’s a series of songs with some screwball stuff happening in between the numbers.

Which is fine by me; the is very easy on the brain. The music’s nice and the screwball stuff is amusing throughout. And occasionally laugh-out-loud funny.

Everybody joins the army halfway through the film! This is very patriotic but structurally odd. It also means less Mary Wickes, which is never a good thing.

“I’ve sipped from many a cup, but never a mug like this.”

“That’s beautiful.”

Private Buckaroo. Edward F. Cline. 1942.

Popular movies in May 1942 according to IMDB:

Poster Votes Rating Movie
11437 7.8 Yankee Doodle Dandy
3079 7.5 In This Our Life
880 7.2 Prelude to War
2601 7.0 Tarzan’s New York Adventure
352 7.0 Take a Letter, Darling
730 6.9 This Above All
1749 6.8 The Spoilers
435 6.7 Let’s Get Tough!
537 6.6 Grand Central Murder
589 6.5 The Falcon Takes Over

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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